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Spiders in San Diego

Posted by saraallent Jan 14, 2008

In between graduation and moving out to San Diego I ran numerous clinics with my former coach from the University of Richmond, Sue Murphy, and several of my teammates. As I’ve said before, my summer was jam packed with lacrosse mostly because of these clinics. We held clinics in Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and New York and every stop was a great time.  After spending my entire summer on the road, I let Sue know my time as Assistant Camp Director was done until I received a call a couple months ago and what do you know, I’m back on board for one more clinic with Premier Lacrosse but this time Sue was coming to me.  I am the youngest of a Richmond lax crew that lives and coaches lacrosse in San Diego so we rounded up the troops and planned a big reunion weekend.

 

On Thursday, Sue and her assistant coach, Allison Nuzzi, who also serves as one of my best friends, were welcomed to San Diego by six former Spiders and the fun started from there. My teammates and I are like sisters and when you put two of us, let alone seven of us, in one place you are destined for a good time and lots of trips down memory lane. So the seven of us and our former coach took San Diego by storm. We went hiking, shopping, site seeing, dabbled in the night life a bit, and of course ran a coaches and players clinic.

 

Both clinics were a huge success despite the buckets of rain that poured down on us from the minute we stepped on the field. I, of course, confidently told our east coast visitors that it never rains in San Diego and boy was I wrong. A little rain never hurt anybody though and thankfully both the coaches and players were troopers through it all. I was hoping to get some pictures and footage of the clinic, but being that I was ringing out my clothing I am pretty sure my camera would not have survived, so I apologize for that.

 

We had about 15 coaches for the 90 players that signed up for the clinic, which was great.  The coaches’ clinic ran from 9-12 a.m. filled with discussion on drills, philosophies and strategies.  The player’s clinic ran from 1-5 p.m., four hours filled with instruction, play and demos by the staff.  Each Richmond alumni was in charge of a group of about 15 girls for station work.  We taught the girls everything we could in the amount of time we were allotted and from the response we received it seemed as though every player learned a lot. It was helpful that we had so many staff members on the same page seeing as though we played for the same coach at the same program for years.  In between coaching sessions we brought everyone to one cage where the staff would put on a demo showing what we were going to teach next. Needless to say, we all loved playing together again, so much so that Sue had to pretty much drag us out of the demo and force us back to our stations.  As much as we enjoyed doing demos though, it was also really helpful for the players to watch the skills we were teaching before attempting them for themselves.

 

All in all, a lot was learned without fun being spared by the players, coaches, and staff involved in Sue Murphy’s Premier Lacrosse Clinic.  It was a wonderful weekend and I’m already pondering when and where the next clinic will be. Good times! 

 

Spiders in San Diego: 

Kristy Gallagher - UR '03 - Poway H.S. & E5 Lacrosse Coach 

Katie Dolan - UR '03 - La Costa Canyon H.S. & SD Rip Lacrosse Coach

Jen Cielewich - UR '04 - Bishop's H.S. & E5 Lacrosse Coach

Amanda Bourquin - UR '04 - Torrey Pines H.S. & E5 Lacrosse Coach

Libby Berlacher - UR '04 

Allison Nuzzi - UR '06 - University of Richmond Assistant Coach

Sara Allen - UR '07 (5th year) - SD Rip Lacrosse Coach

Sue Murphy - University of Richmond Head Coach

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